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Here's How You Can Apply For a FREE Interrailing Ticket This Summer

By Jen

June 7, 2018 at 11:30am


Interrailing is a rite of passage. Fact.

From next week people living in the EU will be able to apply for a free Inter-Rail ticket.

Yes, it really is FREE and no, this isn't a dream.

DiscoverEU is an intiative by the European Parliament with 15,000 tickets on offer with the aim of promoting the member states.

140 Irish people have the chance to win a pass allowing them to explore Europe, have a bit of craic and make a lot of great memories. 

Applications for the scheme open on the 12th of June.

Before you start packing your bags there are a couple of requirements you need to meet in order to get your hands on the golden ticket.

You can only apply if you:

  • are 18 years old on 1 July 2018 (born between 2 July 1999 and 1 July 2000 included);
  • have the nationality of one of the 28 Member States of the European Union;
  • fill in your ID or passport number on the online application form;
  • start your journey in one of the EU 28 Member States;
  • plan to start your travel between 9 July and 30 September 2018;
  • plan to travel between 1 day and up to 30 days inclusive;
  • plan to travel to at least 1 and up to 4 foreign country destinations within the EU;
  • are willing to become a DiscoverEU Ambassador.

When and how to apply?

The application round will be open online from 12 June at 12:00 (CET) to 26 June 2018 at 12:00 (CET). Firstly, you will need to provide your personal data and give more details about the trip you are planning to make. Secondly, you will have to answer 5 quiz questions linked to the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage and EU youth initiatives targeting young people. Finally, you will have to answer a tie-breaker question, which will allow the European Commission to rank the applicants in case there are too many applications. Once selected, participants have to start travelling between 9 July and 30 September 2018.

If you meet all those requirements you're gravy so get applying and may the odds be ever in your favour.

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